South Africa’s planned T20 Global League has been suspended for until 2018, as it could a raft of the players seeking compensation as the decision was reached at a joint Cricket South Africa and T20 Global League board tele-conference.
The announcement came just four days after CSA president Chris Nenzani told media that the league would go ahead but was expected to lose money for the first two seasons – and 12 days after the declaration that CSA and chief executive Haroon Lorgat, the chief negotiator for the league, had parted ways.
The league, planned as South Africa’s answer to the Indian Premier League and Australia’s Big Bash League, was due to start on November 3. It is now planned for November 2018.
The CSA statement on Tuesday quoted Moroe as saying: “We have not come to this decision lightly. Having discussed it with all our stakeholders, including the franchise owners, we believe that the interest of the league should be our first priority. We have re-assessed our strategy and believe that postponing the first edition of the T20 Global League to next year will serve us well.”
Later said at a press conference that it would have been reckless for CSA to go ahead. “The model we developed and had agreed with owners cannot work because there is very little time to deliver the league without any guarantees. To deliver this league I would need to dip into CSA coffers and that I can’t do.”
Irish said his organisation would be looking at all implications of the postponement for players, “including what compensation should be paid to them”. He also said other stakeholders, including franchises, coaches and stadium owners, were also affected.